Message Number: YG353 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Dr. Bruce Williams
Date: 2001-02-27 22:41:00 UTC
Subject: Re: ringworm questions

Dear Pat:

Normal healthy mature ferrets have little risk of catching ringworm
in the great outdoors and there are no precautions you need take to
prevent it.

Dermatophytes (ringworm) are actually omnipresent, but most cases in
ferrets occur in kits, especially those with pre-existent skin
conditions, or the immunosuppressed.

Ringworm is also an eminently treatable disease (a recent article in
JAVMA suggested the use of ivermectin as a possible new treatment in
kittens) so I generally don't caution worrying overly about it.

With kindest regards,

Bruce H. Williams, DVM
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--- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., "Pat Andrews" <shiloh_001@m...> wrote:
> Hi!
> Our ferret club routinely has a picnic every year. We are using a
new shelter that has a sand volleyball pit included. One of our club
members said she's heard of children catching ringworm from the sand
in sand boxes. Do we have to worry about this? Is there anything we
can do to lower any risks? Should we bathe our ferrets in anything
special before or after the picnic to lessen risks?
> Any information you can supply us would be gratefully appreciated.
> Hi Dr. Williams, I enjoyed meeting you at Ferrets 2000 and
interacting w/ you online about my little Eponine. Thanks for
continuing to help all of us, it is much appreciated!
> Pat and the Furry Inspirations, missing Sonny & worrying about Tess